Over the last few months I've noticed I've been more depressed, which has never been an issue for me. I didn't connect it to the exercise, but about two weeks ago I decided it was time to get started again and get back in routine. So I've been running and started my workouts again about 2-3 weeks ago.
This week I've noticed how much better I'm feeling, no more lows. It feels great. And I haven't changed anything else yet.
So I'm sold. I will not stop exercising - it is now very clear to me what a huge difference it makes for me. And hopefully I can lose the extra pounds I've gained this past year as well!
[This message edited by persevere at 9:44 PM, March 16th (Sunday)]
Above all, be the heroine, not the victim. - Nora Ephron
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling
I am learning that this is true. I did a 3-month DVD workout challenge over the summer and was so proud to finish and I lost a few pounds. Then, I allowed life to get in the way and the A came to light and I hadn't worked out. Recently though, I began doing another challenge, this time a hybrid of the program I did before and another I bought. Cardio and weights and yoga.
I would really like to become a runner but don't know how to transition gently. Any tips?
It really is a gradual thing. I also enjoy 5K obstacle races, and training for them has been a big help in pushing myself. They really are a lot of fun. I'm not Tough Mudder material at this point (13 miles, and you can't skip obstacles) but I'm enjoying the races I am participating in. It is now something my SO and I enjoy training for - we're doing a race in May - so that has kind of influenced my need to get moving. And I'm so glad it has - I had NO idea how much NOT training was affecting me. So just keep moving!
The Couch to 5K is a great way to get started and is good to get motivated. It alternates walking and jogging in times intervals in a way that you don't over do it. Also JellyGirl, find a few friends and sign up for a 5K. It can be a lot of fun with a group and will motivate you to do more.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - Aubrie
D-Day was April 2012. Divorced Jul 2013. Moved ~1000 miles away (as the crow flies) Jul 2014.
Anywho.... I didn't realize I had that in me....I did sprints and hill work too and felt really strong after! I have battled with depression my whole life and there is nothing better than exercise to knock it down to size!!! Keep it up and those endorphins will kick depressions butt!!!
[This message edited by She11ybeanz at 10:15 AM, March 17th (Monday)]
ME - BW - 35
HIM - XWH - 39
D day: November 15th, 2009
Married: 5 Years, together 8
Divorced: December 13th, 2010
New Beginning: Piper/8-3-12